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Industry Overview

World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber


Production

  • Global production of rubber reached 27.2 million tonnes in 2016 at an average annual growth rate of 2.2% from 23.7 million tonnes in 2010.
  • Natural rubber (NR) accounted for 46% of world rubber production in 2016 with 12.3 million tonnes.
  • Synthetic rubber (SR) made up 54% of global production of rubber in 2016 with 14.8 million tonnes.

 

Consumption

  • World consumption of rubber in 2016 increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 27.5 million tonnes as compared to 26.8 million tonnes in 2015.
  • Total NR consumed in 2016 was 12.6 million tonnes, a 3.7% increase from the previous year.
  • A total of 14.9 million tonnes of SR was consumed in 2016, an increase of 2.1% from 2015.
  • China, USA, India, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany and Russia were among the top consumers of rubber in 2016.

 

Trade

  • Rubber imports rose by 3.9% to 21.2 million tonnes in 2016 from 20.3 million tonnes in 2015.
  • Global exports of rubber rose to 19.9 million tonnes in 2016; a 3.7% increase from 2015.

 


Chart 1: World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber, 2010-2017 (Jan- June)
(thousand tonnes)

World Production, Consumption and Trade of Rubber